Ruskin Bond's ghost stories to be made into web series
Ruskin Bonds ghost stories will be coming to life with web series titled "Parchayee - Ghost Stories by Ruskin Bond".
The series is for an over-the-top (OTT) platform ZEE5. Produced by Banijay Asia and Opus Communication, it will be a series of episodes based on 12 stories written by Bond.
"Whenever I run out of people to write about, I cook up a few ghosts or they appear before me. I am happy that my stories are coming alive for the first time on a digital platform and I look forward to watching them. I hope my readers will enjoy the series," Bond said in a statement.
The first episode will premiere on January 15. The following stories will unfold monthly till June this year.
The first four episodes will be based on stories ‘The Ghost in the Garden’ and ‘The Wind on Haunted Hill’ and ‘Wilson's Bridge’ and ‘The Overcoat’, and they will be directed by V.K. Prakash and Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury respectively.
Manish Aggarwal, Business Head at ZEE5 India, said: "We are introducing a fresh concept with an edgy and mysterious theme for viewers. Through this, we will be attracting a new set of audience to the platform, loyal readers who have grown up on a staple diet of Ruskin's books. The show is set to take the twisted game of secrecy, thrill and mystery to a whole new level and drive engagement with 12 fascinating tales."
To this, Deepak Dhar, Founder and CEO at Banijay Asia, said: "We have been investing heavily in original developments along with Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, hence I am really delighted to get this opportunity to be associated with Tarun Katial and his ZEE5 team for these exciting ghost stories."